Greatest Game Ever Played in Dixie: The Nashville Vols, Their 1908 Season, and the Championship Game

Greatest Game Ever Played in Dixie: The Nashville Vols, Their 1908 Season, and the Championship Game

by John A. Simpson

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Overview

Greatest Game Ever Played in Dixie: The Nashville Vols, Their 1908 Season, and the Championship Game by John A. Simpson

In 1908 baseball was the only game that mattered in the South. With no major league team in the region, rivalries between Southern Association cities such as Atlanta, Birmingham, Memphis, and New Orleans were heated. This season, however, no city was as baseball-crazed as Nashville, whose Vols had been league doormat in 1907.
After an unpromising start, the Nashville club clawed its way into contention during the month of July, rising into the upper division, then into a battle for first. Local interest intensified, as the competitive fire of Nashville fans was stoked by sharp-tongued columnist Grantland Rice and the city’s three daily newspapers. By the time the Vols met the New Orleans Pelicans for a season-ending series, and the championship, the city was gripped by a pennant fever that shut down the commercial district. Nearly 13,000 people thronged the Nashville ballpark, Sulphur Dell, for the third and deciding contest. What they saw was described by Rice as “the greatest game ever played in Dixie.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786430505
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 07/23/2007
Pages: 292
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.58(d)

About the Author

John A. Simpson is a retired high school history teacher and baseball coach. He holds a Ph.D. in American history from the University of Oregon. He lives in Kelso, Washington.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



Acknowledgments v

Preface 1



1. Nashville and the National Pastime in the Deadball Era 7

2. Going from Bad to ? 26

3. Play Ball 44

4. More of the Same 63

5. Month of Crises 83

6. In Search of Stability 100

7. Dog Days of Summer 119

8. Pennant Fever 142

9. The Greatest Game Ever Played in Dixie 159

10. Historic Legacy of the 1908 Nashville Vols 178

11. Life After Baseball 194



Appendix A: Players’ Careers 229

Appendix B: Linescores for the Vols’ 1908 Season 235

Appendix C: Should Jake Daubert Be in the Hall of Fame? 249

Chapter Notes 253

Bibliography 271

Index 277

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